|Submitted||June 14, 2018|
|Due||July 13, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
All emails, attached documents, and handouts the listed Department of Energy employees sent and received between August 1, 2017 through processing date of this request.
The DOE custodians in this FOIA request are: Secretary Rick Perry, Chief of Staff Brian McCormack, Doug Matheney of the Office of Fossil Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External Affairs Doug Little, Assistant Secretary Bruce Walker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons, Energy Undersecretary Mark Menezes, Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Executive Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis Sean Cunningham, Former Senior Advisor Travis Fisher.
The search terms for this request include: “Defense Production Act”; “202c”; “202(c)”; “Section 202”; “Federal Power Act”; "FAST Act"; "FirstEnergy"; "Murray Energy"; "Akingump"; "NEI.org"; "Peabody"; "nreca.coop"; "Lewandowski"; "Jeff Miller"; "Miller Strategies".
The request is limited to August 1, 2017 through processing date of this request.
Please exclude articles and news alerts.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It is in the public's interest to know how the federal government is working to financially support coal and nuclear plants. Many articles have been writing on this topic including The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/13/climate/coal-nuclear-bailout.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=873126A9F77DA35A6719ED9DF8B48B41&gwt=pay) and Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-01/trump-said-to-grant-lifeline-to-money-losing-coal-power-plants-jhv94ghl).
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. However, I am requesting a fee waiver. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of FOIA requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform journalists publishing articles, including a most recent FOIA that DOE provided us, which has helped inform the public (http://www.energyandpolicy.org/foias-firstenergy-rick-perry-trump/; https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/industry-s-response-after-meetings-with-rick-perry-we-owe-you). Also, I have accounts with news outlets including Huffington Post and Republic Report. Past publications on these outlets as proof are available here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/matt-kasper) and (https://www.republicreport.org/author/matthew/). Additionally, previously FOIAs from the Energy and Policy Institute have been categorized under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1004.9(b)(3) as a "news media" requester.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Thank you for requesting information from the Department of Energy. You will find your acknowledgment letter attached to this email. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Thank you for requesting information from the Department of Energy. You will find your interim letter attached. Please let me know if you have questions.
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585